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An essential, vibrant collection of masterful translations by one of the finest poets at work today

Collected French Translations: Prose, the second volume in a landmark two-volume selection of John Ashbery's translations, focuses on prose writing. Ashbery's own prose writings and engagement with prose writers—through translations, essays, and criticism—have had a profound
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Hardcover, 432 pages
Published April 8th 2014 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published April 1st 2014)
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Jonathan
Apr 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lots of fantastic stuff here - much that would never have come up on my radar without being in this collection. Superb translations which I intend both to re-read and to write more about here in due course.
Gary
May 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Collected French Translations: Prose is half of a two-volume collection of translations by esteemed American poet, John Ashbery. Ashbery’s lifelong engagement with French literature has spanned nearly eighty years, and when read together, this two-volume collection gives Ashbery's career as a translator the long-overdue attention it deserves. Most recently, at age eighty-four, Ashbery published his 2011 translation of Rimbaud's collected prose poems, Illuminations, and in 2014 he published his t ...more
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Apr 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a wonderfully eclectic assortment of prose that I was largely unfamiliar with before reading. While I can only assume John Ashbery has done a great job with his translations, his choice of texts themselves has resulted in a very interesting read that have provided me with a new literary experience. Many of his 'tasters' have definitely left me wanting more.
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John Ashbery was born in Rochester, New York, in 1927. He earned degrees from Harvard and Columbia, and he traveled as a Fulbright Scholar to France in 1955. Best known as a poet, he has published more than twenty collections, most recently A Worldly Country (Ecco, 2007). His Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror (Viking, 1975) won the three major American prizes: the Pulitzer, the National Book Award, ...more
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